July 14th, 2005


John Cusack is immortal, and yet still everyone's boyfriend. HOLY CRAP VAMPIRE BOYFRIEND

This weekend, I saw one of those things people who don't have TiVo have to watch in the middle of their shows for a movie called Must Love Dogs starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. My first thought was that Diane Lane is a little old for him, and wondered if they'd play up some sort of Ashton/Demi kind of plot. But an imdb check revealed that she isn't 36 like I thought she was but 40, and for god's sake 36 isn't old anyway. Cusack, on the other hand, is not magically 25 like his is in all of our heads, but 39. Younger, but not enough to make some kind of Mrs. Robinson statement.

The imdb plot synopsis starts with "A forty-something preschool teacher looks to the personals for a change of pace and a relationship, with hilarious results." Diane Lane has been an adult for most of her career. Other than an I-can't-believe-that-was-her-in-The Outsiders, she's been a grownup.

This could be an important movie for John Cusack. Sure any movie that yeilds hilarious results is an important film in its own right, but this is his first "40-something" Romantic Comedy. He's been a lovable teenager, college kid, 20-something slacker, 30-something slacker, and a dreamy hitman who while also was 10 years out of High School, seemed a whole lot older to me than I do now in Grosse Pointe Blank.

If he can keep it up, John Cusack will be the next film legend, ranking with Paul Newman and Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman and Jack Nicholson. Hell, he could be the next Sean freaking Connery. Minus the James Bond stuff.